SolarAid is an international charity founded in 2006 to combat poverty and climate change. Through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney, we provide access to solar lights in Malawi and Zambia to help catalyse solar markets with renewable light.
578 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricity. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, leaving millions to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives.
Solar lights are safe, clean and affordable. It is a small, but smart innovation that gives off hours of light in the evening so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. Just one lamp can transform the future for an entire family and is the first step out of poverty.
SunnyMoney – our social enterprise
Our model is built on selling lights through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney. This allows money to be reinvested back into our work, encourages job creation and ensures money stays in the local economy. Through working as a social enterprise, we can do things that conventional businesses can’t. We travel to remote rural communities, educate people about the benefits of solar, instil trust and build demand. We help get lights to the people that need them most – and if they are unable to afford them – then we think of new and innovative ways to help them get on the energy ladder, such as pay as you go solar.
Together, we can make sure that no home, no school, no clinic in Africa is left in the dark by 2030.
A donation to SolarAid is one of the best value gifts on the planet. Check out our impact calculator to see just how far your donation will stretch.
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- For every £1 spent 90p goes on charitable work
- For every £1 you donate £2 more is generated thanks to our social enterprise SunnyMoney
- Covering the £4 cost to SolarAid of a solar light will save a family living below the poverty line about £130
SolarAid is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.